1. Who does this privacy statement apply to?
1.1. VALIPAT S.A. is a Belgian company with registered offices located on Rue de Livourne 7, 1060 Brussels, Belgium, with Company Number 0806.735.439.
1.2. ENVOY International Limited is a Scottish company having its registered office at Delta House, Third Floor, 50 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2NP and registered under the number SC341761.
1.3. IPAN GmbH is a German company with its registered office at Münchener Strasse 14, 85540 München-Haar, Germany
1.4. VALIPAT, ENVOY, and IPAN have merged and are part of the same group, which consists of several companies (“the Group”) that process personal data:
Valipat S.A., an IP administrative services company
Envoy International Limited, an IP administrative services company
Ipan GmbH, an IP administrative services company
IP Sales Inc., a business development company
Synbioz, an IT company.
1.5. This Privacy Statement applies to the processing of personal data:
by all companies of the Group established in the European Union, regardless of whether the processing takes place in the Union or not;
by all companies of the Group established outside the European Union, insofar as they process personal data of data subjects who are in the Union in the framework of:
– the offering of goods or services to such data subjects in the Union;
– the monitoring of their behavior as far as their behavior takes place within the Union.
1.6. All companies of the Group are separate and independent legal entities. Depending on the processing activity in the context of which your personal data are processed, they may be qualified as a separate data controller or a joint controller with one or more of the other companies of the Group. None of the companies of the Group have any liability for the other companies of the Group’ acts or omissions.
1.7. We are committed to protect your privacy and to process your personal data in an open and transparent manner, in particular with respect of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (“GDPR”).
1.8. Where relevant, we have made a distinction between website visitors and contact persons of suppliers, customers, and prospects, or any other individuals whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities.
2. What is covered by this privacy statement?
2.1. With this Privacy Statement we would like to inform you about why and how we process your personal data when we perform our business activities or when you use our website (“the Site”) and any of the services we offer through the Site, who we give that information to, what your rights are and who you can contact for more information or queries.
2.3. The Site may link to other sites provided by other affiliated companies entities or by third parties. Whilst we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices of other websites. When linking to any such sites, we strongly recommend you review the Privacy Statements on these sites, before disclosing any personal information.
3. Why we use your data
3.1. I am a website visitor
3.1.1. We only process your personal data for legitimate business reasons. These purposes include, but are not limited to:
dealing with inquiries, requests, and complaints (e.g. sent via the “online contact form”);
gathering statistics about the use of the Site (“web audience measuring”);
improving the Site’s performance and design;
sending newsletters and informing you on our company, services and activities (to subscribers only).
3.2. I am a contact person of a supplier, customer or prospect, or any other individual whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities (e.g. a business contact, a visitor, etc.)
3.2.1. We only process your personal data for legitimate business reasons. These purposes include, but are not limited to:
respecting our legal obligations;
customer and supplier management;
order and supply management;
invoicing and accounting;
the provision of information on our company, services, and activities;
the good organization of our services;
marketing and sales;
sending newsletters and service updates to subscribers;
dealing with inquiries, requests, and complaints;
public relations and press contacts;
statistics and market research;
4. The legal ground for processing your data
4.1 I am a website visitor
4.1.1. When you send a message via the online contact form, your personal data will in principle be processed for the purposes of our legitimate interests (namely the interest to handle all inquiries, requests, and complaints sent via this form in the best possible way). Before relying on legitimate interests, we will always determine case by case whether our interests are not overridden by your interests, fundamental rights, and freedoms.
4.1.2. When you have subscribed to our newsletters, we will process your personal data because this is necessary to fulfill our obligations.
4.2. I am a contact person of a supplier, customer or prospect, or any other individual whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities (e.g. a business contact, a visitor, etc.)
4.2.1 We process your personal data for the purposes mentioned above:
when necessary for the performance of contracts to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract;
when necessary for compliance with our legal obligations;
for the purposes of the legitimate interests of the Company and/or of a third party, including (but not limited to) our business activities, customer and supplier management, etc. In this respect, we will always determine on a case-by-case basis whether our interests are not overridden by your interests, fundamental rights, and freedoms.
4.2.2. If we have the legal obligation to obtain your free, informed, specific and unambiguous consent to process your personal data for certain purposes (e.g. specific direct marketing or market research activities), we will only process your data for such purposes to the extent that we have obtained such consent from you.
5. Your Rights
5.1 You have several rights concerning the information we hold about you. We would like to inform you that you have the right to:
obtain confirmation that we are processing your personal data and request a copy of the personal data we hold about you;
ask that we update the personal data we hold about you, or correct such personal data that you think is incorrect or incomplete;
ask that we delete personal data that we hold about you, or restrict the way in which we use such personal data if you believe that there is no (longer a) lawful ground for us to process it;
withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data (to the extent such processing is based on consent);
receive a copy of the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit such personal data to another party (to the extent the processing is based on consent or a contract);
object to our processing of your personal data for which we use legitimate interest as a legal basis, in which case we will cease the processing unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing.
You have also the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data for direct marketing. If you do not want to continue receiving any direct marketing from us, you can contact us (see below) or click on the unsubscribe function in any such communication. In that event, the personal data shall no longer be processed for such purposes.
5.2. In order to exercise any of your rights, you can send us a request, indicating the right you wish to exercise:
by e-mailing us (see below); or
by addressing your query to one of our Group companies.
You may also use these contact details if you wish to make a complaint to us relating to your privacy.
5.3. If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your personal data or any privacy query or request that you have raised with us, you have a right to complain to the Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) in your jurisdiction. If you would like to be directed to the appropriate DPA, please contact us.
6. How we obtain data
6.1. I am a website visitor
6.1.1. We may obtain your personal data when you use the Site and its services. This may be for instance the case when you fill in the contact form, when you subscribe to our newsletter, when you are provided access to our customer portal, etc.
6.2. I am a contact person of a supplier, customer or prospect, or any other individual whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities (e.g. a business contact, a visitor, etc.)
6.2.1. We may obtain your personal data in the framework of the execution of our business activities.
6.2.2. We may obtain such personal data because you give them to us (e.g. by contacting us, by completing online forms, …), because others give them to us (e.g. your employer or third-party service providers that we use in the framework of our business activities) or because they are publicly available.
6.3. When we obtain personal data from external parties, we make reasonable efforts to enter into contractual clauses with these parties obliging them to respect the data protection legislation. This can be done by obliging this party to provide you with all the necessary information or – if necessary – to obtain your consent for processing the personal data as described in this Privacy Statement.
7. Data we collect
7.1. I am a website visitor
7.1.1. Please find below an overview of the main personal data we collect through the services offered on the Site:
Contact form: on this Site, you have the possibility to contact us by completing a contact form. The following data are collected through this form: first and last name, e-mail address, phone number, company name (optional), subject and message.
Newsletter subscription form: on this Site, you have the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your e-mail address.
7.2. I am a contact person of a supplier, customer or prospect, or any other individual whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities (e.g. a business contact, a visitor, etc.)
7.2.1. The personal data that we collect or obtain may, among other things, include:
identification data (e.g. name, work address, work phone number, work e-mail address, country of residence, etc.);
electronic identification data (e.g. IP addresses, browser type, cookie identifiers, …);
personal characteristics (e.g. gender, language, etc.);
employment and educational data (e.g. organization you work for, job title, current responsibilities, projects, qualifications, training, work scheme…);
data about which products and services you order;
data about how you interact with us (e.g. when you contact us) and other similar information.
8.1. We may disclose your personal data to affiliated companies, third parties that provide services to us that reasonably require access to personal data relating to you for one or more of the purposes outlined in the “Why we use your data” section above. The following external parties may, for instance, be involved:
external service providers (subcontractors, agents, etc.) we rely on for various business services;
law enforcement authorities in accordance with the relevant legislation;
external professional advisors (e.g. attorneys or consultants of the company);
external software providers (google analytics, google tag manager, pardot, freshdesk, salesforce, hotjar).
If our business enters into a joint venture with or is sold to or merged with another business entity, your information may be disclosed to our new business partners or owners.
8.2. Some of the recipients of your personal data referenced above may be based in countries outside of the European Economic Area whose laws may not provide the same level of data protection.
8.3. In general, we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this GDPR-compliant Privacy Statement.
8.4. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, request from a regulator or any other legal process served on us.
9.2. Cookies can be categorized according to the following characteristics:
9.2.1 Whether they are “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”:
A session cookie is used each time you visit our website to give you a session ID. We use this type of cookie to link your actions on our website and each session cookie will only last for a browser session, at the end of which it will expire. Each browser session will start when you open your browser window and finish when you close your browser window. After your visit to our website, all session cookies are deleted. Each time you visit our website you will have a different session ID.
A persistent cookie allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or across different sites) to be remembered. It has a longer lifetime than a session cookie and lasts for the period of time specified in the cookie (this will vary from cookie to cookie). This type of cookie will not be deleted when you close your browser window and will be stored on your computer or mobile device. It will be activated every time you visit a website which created that particular persistent cookie.
9.2.2. Whether they are “first party cookies” or “third party cookies”:
First party cookies: a first-party cookie is a cookie set by us or any of our processors.
Third party cookies: a third-party cookie is a cookie set by a data controller that does not operate this site.
Please note that we do not have access or control over the cookies placed on this Site by third parties and the use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies.
9.3. The types of cookies used on the Sites can be classified into different categories, namely functional and tracking cookies, to run its web applications:
Functional cookies are used to make the Site more user-friendly. To serve this purpose, your behavior and some preferences are saved.
Tracking cookies are used for statistical purposes, including, amongst others, the use of Google Analytics software.
The following cookies are used on the Site:
_ga (analytical, visitor segmentation, third party, 2 years retention period)
_gat_gtag_UA_110595450_1 (analytical, visitor identification, third party, 24 hours)
_gid (analytical, visitor identification, third party, 24 hours)
lpvXXXXXX (XXX = 6 random digits) (analytical, visitor interaction, third party, 2 years)
pardot (analytical, visitor interaction, third party, 2 years)
visitor_idXXX (XXX = same random digits) (analytical, visitor interaction, third party, 10 years)
_hjIncludedInSample (analytical, website usage and heatmap, third party, 2 years)
9.4. You can enable, disable and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can delete all cookies that are already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you choose to decline cookies, this may affect the effective use of any functionality provided by the Site.
The ability to enable, disable and/or delete cookies can be completed at the browser level. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your internet browser. You may use the “Help” option in your internet browser for more details.
10. Security of your data
10.1. We employ strict technical and organizational (security) measures to protect your information from access by unauthorized persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction, and damage both online and offline.
These measures include:
training to relevant staff to ensure they are aware of our privacy obligations when handling personal data;
administrative and technical controls to restrict access to personal data on a ‘need to know’ basis (passwords, digital certificates);
technological security measures, including firewalls, encryption, and anti-virus software;
physical security measures, such as staff security badges to access our premises.
10.2 Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal data, the transmission of data – especially over the internet (including by e-mail) – is never completely secure. We endeavor to protect personal data, but we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to us or by us.
We limit access to your personal information to those who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information in order to carry out their jobs.
11. Data retention
11.1. I am a website visitor
11.1.1. Your personal data will not be retained longer than necessary for the purposes described above.
11.1.2. As a general rule, personal data obtained through the contact form or newsletter subscription form on our website are
stored for a period of 3 years.
11.1.3. Depending on the specific situation and the applicable national legislation, we may, however, retain your personal data for a longer period. This will particularly be the case if any of the following periods is longer:
(i) as long as is necessary for our daily business;
(ii) any retention period that is required by law; or
(iii) the end of the period in which litigation or investigations might arise.
11.1.4. For more information about the expiry dates of the cookies used on this Site, please consult the cookie section.
11.2. I am a contact person of a supplier, customer or prospect, or any other individual whose data are processed in the framework of our business activities (e.g. a business contact, a visitor, etc.)
11.2.1. Your personal data will not be retained longer than necessary for the purposes described above.
11.2.2 As a general rule, records in the framework of our business activities that may contain personal data (e.g. contracts, orders, correspondence, etc.) are stored for a period of 10 years.
11.2.3. Depending on the specific situation and the applicable national legislation, we may, however, retain your personal data for a longer period. This will particularly be the case if any of the following periods is longer:
(i) as long as is necessary for our daily business;
(ii) any retention period that is required by law; or
(iii) the end of the period in which litigation or investigations might arise.
11. 3. Personal data processed for direct marketing purposes are stored for a period of 3 years as from the last contact with the individual concerned. If you have become a customer during this period, we may, however, retain your personal data for a longer period, namely 10 years as from the delivery of the products or services, or as from the latest contact with us (if this contact would take place at a later date).
12. Automated decision-making
12.1. Automated decisions are defined as decisions about individuals that are based solely on the automated processing of data and that produce legal effects that significantly affect the individuals involved.
12.2. As a rule, your personal data will not be used for automated decision-making. We do not base any decisions about you solely on automated processing of your personal data.
13. How to contact us?
13.1. We hope that this Privacy Statement helps you understand and feel more confident about the way we process your data. If you have any further queries about this Privacy Statement and this Site in general, please contact us:
by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org;
by calling us at 0032-2-543-3675 (Belgium) or 0044-141-241-6250 (Scotland);
by addressing your query to our registered addresses.
14. Changes to this privacy statement
14.1. We may modify or amend this Privacy Statement from time to time. Any changes we may make to this Privacy Statement in the future will be posted on this page. To let you know when we make changes to this Privacy Statement, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page. The new modified or amended Privacy Statement will apply from that revision date. Please check back periodically to see changes and additions.
If we are in the possession of your e-mail address and we are still processing your personal data, we will also inform you electronically about changes to this Privacy Statement.